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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %CAST SYSTEM ENGENDER EVIL RELATIONS POWER CONTROL+950620 %ADDICT CODEPEND COLLUSION ELITE MANAGER BUSINESS+950620 %ALIENATION ESTRANGEMENT DIALOGUE COMMUNICATION SIN 950620 All social cast systems for classifying people which operate under whatever name---engender evil relationships of elite dominance and/or control; coupled with submission and/or rebellion. Evil relationships are characterized by alienation, estrangement, legalistic misunderstanding, judgmentalism, condemnations, punishments, excommunications, banishments, and sacrifices. In evil relationships some people are usually trying to appear to be in control in order to "improve" upon things, but they focus primarily upon things, not upon the quality of reflexive human relationships which are essential to personal and communal integrity. Since objective things can be controlled more readily than can reflexive human relationships---in cast systems where some people try to be in control of things, it is in fact things which they focus attention upon. They are willing to sacrifice personal and communal integrity in order to put things in order according to whatever system they think is best. In cast systems the dominant cast does not focus attention upon personal or communal integrity; for each kind of integrity depends upon the other kind of integrity and communal integrity cannot be maintained while the personal integrity of the members of the lowest cast is sacrificed to achieve advantage of the members of the highest cast. India has long had an overt cast system. Other nations have long had less obvious cast systems which are seen in ways which conceal the fact that their social structures have many of the features of cast systems which are overtly cast systems. So long as a community is divided into casts which have disparate amounts of power to (apparently) be in control, so long there are bound to be evil (alienative) relationships among the members of the community. True justice and truly mutual relationships of open and honest dialogue are not possible while a cast system is being maintained. Those people who move towards truly mutual relationships of open and honest dialogue are bound to be robbed of their power within a cast system---because such a move will undermine the power of the higher cast members who do not want to lose the advantages which they have within the cast system. Addictive people seek to be on top of the heap in each cast system, and seek to case low cast people in the role of codependent supporters. Macho males seek to cast submissive females in supportive roles which have little power and little prestige. Technocratic manipulators seek to manipulate incompetent people to get them to play roles as celebrants of technology---to which they get addicted under the leadership of the technocratic manipulators. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================